I’ve spent the past year thinking a lot about “wellth”—the idea that success is found in a lifestyle devoted to mental, physical, and emotional health. (I even wrote a book about it.) In this new series, we’re celebrating visionaries who embody what it means to be wellthy.
Jamie Anderson is an American professional snowboarder. She won the gold medal in the inaugural Women's Slopestyle Event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
mbg: Favorite way to sweat?
JA: Yoga with infrared heat.
How do you stay mentally tough?
I practice meditation and visualization. Like anything in life, I feel it's 9 percent mental! Gotta work on my mental game constantly. It's a fun practice!
Favorite holistic treatment?
Chinese medicine, herbs and acupuncture.
Favorite healthy place to eat?
Free Bird Cafe in Lake Tahoe! But on the road, I'm a fan of Whole Foods for the organic salad bar.
What does feeling comfortable in your own skin mean to you?
It means being confident in your true self, in your raw beauty, no makeup, no hair "shabam." The organic and real you is the most beautiful thing in my eyes.
What's your favorite place to escape to get nature?
Thankfully I live and breathe natural environments with my lifestyle. But one place really special to me is where I grew up and where my parents met: Lake Tahoe! I love to go to Fallen Leaf Lake; it is one of my favorite places on the planet to go reconnect with the natural beauty and essence it holds. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, pines and aspen trees and holy energy ... Infinitely grateful to call Tahoe home.
What does wellth mean to you?
Health is wellth in my eyes! I can't express the gratitude I have for my health and overall well-being. Choosing the lifestyle of a professional athlete, I have had my fair share of serious injuries, one being a severely ruptured spleen at age 17 and spending a week in intensive care.
That changed my life forever ... Learning to connect with my physical body, the temple that holds my spirit. I learned to honor myself and my body, and have the gratitude and appreciation that we can heal! Watching yourself heal even from small injuries is a great gift and teaching we can always take something positive from. From physical pain, we learn to surrender, and with surrender comes grace. Being at peace with what is, and having the patience to heal and the perseverance to keep going is powerful!
Any advice for someone who's looking to build a life that they love and follow their passion?
Start with practicing what it is you're passionate about and what you love doing. Connect with your truest self, your heart, your spirit, your intuition. You will be guided with the universal flow, set goals, change your mindset to one that aligns with what that is you really want. We can do anything, we just have to believe and sometimes that's the hardest part! And don't ever stop dreaming. One love. Namaste all day!